The Legalization Of Gay Rights : Human Rights

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Julianna Schreiber Detrick 18 November 2017 FOUN098-45 Professor Carr LGBT Rights are Human Rights Gay rights have been of much debate the past year or so. Most had thought this debate was long over when the Supreme Court ruled in 2015 for the legalization of gay marriage. However, with the recent election of Donald Trump, LGBT rights have become, once again, a topic of discussion. A few of the LGBT rights that are “up in the air” are gay military service, adoption, discrimination policies in schools, and marriage. I hold the firm belief that LGBT individuals should have all of the same rights and privileges as every human being. According to the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (The Declaration of Independence) Homosexuals, however, seem to be overlooked in this statement. If all men are created equal, shouldn’t every human be entitled to the same rights? Specifically, same-sex couples are denied this “pursuit of happiness.” They are not allowed to attain their version of happiness when such a large multitude of restrictions are placed on them. In 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 vote for the legalization of gay marriage. Images flooded the Internet of gay couples embracing in front of the Supreme Court building, rejoicing in their ruling. Gay pride flooded the

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